Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Staying Alive

Year: 2015
Country: NORWAY
Run Time: 84 minutes

Staying Alive
Staying Alive
Staying Alive

The classic Bee Gees song, Staying Alive, has supposedly saved many lives: its pulsing disco beat mirrors the correct rhythms for life-saving CPR. And if anyone's life needs saving right now, it's Marianne's. Happily married with two beautiful daughters, she discovers her husband, Hakon, is having an affair with a younger woman named Frida. Worse, he thinks he loves her. Suddenly Marianne, the wronged party, finds herself increasingly on the losing end. With nothing to rely on but useless and silly advice from her pregnant girlfriend and her parents (who she finds have their own “arrangements”), Marianne tries to plan her next steps in a hurt and angry daze. STAYING ALIVE is an honest, warm, and painfully funny look at how to move on when everything you thought was real turns out to be tinsel. With a heart as tender as a skinned knee, this aching and upbeat film proves that even when it all hits the fan, sometimes the good guys actually win. (In Norwegian with subtitles) –C.R.

CIFF40 Screenings

Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Friday, April 01, 2016 at 9:20 AM

Saturday, April 02, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Women of the World

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Charlotte Blom

Charlotte Blom was born in 1972 in Norway. She was educated at the Oslo Academy of Photographic Art and the Edinburgh College of Art. She worked as a freelance photographer and began writing, producing, and directing award-winning short films.


Synnøve Hørsdal

Charlotte Blom

Karl Erik Brøndbo

Zaklina Stojcevska

Principal Cast
Agnes Kittelsen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Linn Skåber, Nils Jørgen Kaalstad, Heidi Toini Øieren

Film Contact

Community Partner

Swedish Cultural Society

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